College Basketball: 5 Games To Watch This Weekend

As we the 2018-19 college basketball season continues, the games start to become more meaningful. Teams start to separate themselves in the echelons of the college basketball rankings. Bubble watch teams are starting to formulate and feel the immense pressure of having to win.

With this lets dive into five games to watch this weekend.


St. Johns at No. 2 Duke

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Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Channel: ESPN

Chris Mullin and the Red Storm will travel to Durham this weekend to take on Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils. St. Johns has finally climbed back to relevance thanks to Coach Mullin and star point guard Shamorie Ponds. Their record is 16-5, but they will be big underdogs in the game.

Duke ranks No. 2 in the nation and comes in with a record of 18-2 led by a group of freshman phenoms. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett are arguably regarded as the best two players in college basketball and will be tough to stop for the Red Storm. St. Johns pulled off the upset last year over Coach Krzyzewski, however, with Duke’s new additions we will see if St. Johns can do it again.


No. 12 Virginia Tech at No. 23 NC State

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Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Channel: ACC Network

A conference clash between the Wolfpack and Hokies will be played in North Carolina at PNC Arena. Virginia Tech enters the game as the No. 12 team in the nation and is currently riding two-game win streak. Their success speaks for itself as they hold an overall record of 17-3.

NC State enters the game as the No. 23 team in the nation with an overall record of 16-5. However, they are only 4-4 in conference play. This will be the first time both teams matchup this season.


No. 9 North Carolina at No. 15 Louisville

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Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 2 p.m.
Channel: ESPN

These ACC powerhouses will square off at KFC Yum! Center in Lousiville, Kentucky this Saturday. The No. 9 Tar Heels come into the game 16-4 and hope to add to their four-game win streak. Coincidentally, UNC’s last loss was to Louisville on January 12. We will see if Roy Williams and the Tar Heels can get their revenge.

For the Cardinals, they come in ranked No. 15 in the nation with a record of  16-5 and a six-game win streak. This game will have major ACC implications. Both teams have only lost once in the ACC this year and are fighting for top spot.


No. 16 Texas Tech at No. 11 Kansas

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Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.
Channel: CBS

Texas Tech, currently on a two-game win streak, looks to continue their success on the road. However, the Jayhawks have a perfect record at home this season and plan to continue their dominance. The Red Raiders come into this game No. 16 in the nation with a record of 17-4.

As for the Jayhawks, they are ranked No. 11 in the nation with a record of 16-5. This game also has conference implications. Both Texas Tech and Kansas have a record of 5-3 in Big 12 play.

Come Saturday all will change.


Georgetown at No. 14 Villanova

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Date: February 3, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Channel: FS1

The weekend will also feature another conference matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas. After a slow start to the season, Villanova comes into the game No. 14 in the nation with an overall record of 17-4. The Wildcats are also undefeated in the month of January, making them one of the hottest teams in the country. To add to their resume, the Wildcats are 8-0 in Big East play, sitting on top of the throne.

Georgetown comes in with a 14-7 record and a mediocre 4-4 conference record. Come Sunday the Hoyas will look for a statement win against the defending national champs.